Sixth Annual African American Conference on Disabilities February 17th – Register Today!

African American Conference on DisabilitiesDD Network Collaborations
DDNN Winter 2016/17

The 6th Annual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD) presented by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan will be held on February 17, 2017 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ.  The conference was attended by more than 200 participants last year, including individuals from California, New Mexico and Nevada, and we are excited to build upon that success for this year’s conference! Conference participants have the opportunity to attend more than 20 workshops, covering topics such as self-advocacy, police engagement, disabled veterans, mental health, access to care, Alzheimer’s, housing, blindness and culture, restraint and seclusion, legal ethics, abuse and neglect, and more. Seven units of Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for professionals attending the conference.

Matthew Whitaker headshotThis year, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker will provide the keynote address. Dr. Whitaker is the founder and CEO of Diamond Strategies, LLC (DSC) – a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant firm. He is also an award-winning educator, author, community engagement specialist, motivational speaker, and founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University, where he was a professor of history for 15 years.  Most recently, he received the Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award.  He is also a co-founder of the Healing Racism Public Dialogue Series, winner of the 2008 National League of Cities Promoting Inclusive Award, and the recipient of ASU’s 2015 Pioneer Award for working to improve African-American life, community and culture.

The AACD is spearheaded by the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) and Ability360.  The DD Network has been a longtime partner, and continues to support the conference through co-sponsorship and presenting workshops on youth to adult transition (Sonoran UCEDD), employment, voting and educational rights (ACDL), child welfare (Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council), and school discipline (Institute for Human Development).  We look forward to seeing you there!

To register as a vendor or attendee:

Register Early – space is limited: Accommodations will be provided

For more information on the Conference, sponsorship & vendor opportunities, please contact:

Renaldo Fowler, Arizona Center for Disability Law | (602) 274-6287 or
David Carey, Ability360 | (602) 443-0723

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